Roca Moo Barcelona is located on the ground floor of the Hotel Omm in the Eixample district of the city. Next to it is the more informal Roca Bar which is the place to go for light meals and drinks. In keeping with the overall modern theme of the hotel, the Roca Moo restaurant is decked out in a timeless contemporary style. A food preparation area runs along one length of the room while an artificial garden takes up the opposite end.
This one-star Michelin restaurant offers two tasting menus during dinner – the Joan Roca menu (110€) and The Classics menu (95€) both with the option of wine pairing (46€ and 38€ respectively). For lunch, there is a 49€ special Roca Moo menu. Of course the main ala carte menu is also available. We were there for dinner and opted for the Classics menu with wine pairing. The menus are available on the Roca Moo website (link below). Here is a picture of the Classics menu.
Four types of amuse bouche were served before the meal proper. I can’t remember the exact descriptions but what I can remember were the chocolate balls that explode in you mouth with intense flavours. The Glico Pocky-like sticks (with tiny shrimps clinging on) which although slim were very tasty. The buns arrived in time to tame the protesting gastric juices as Spanish dinners start late. Overall, they were delightful nuggets of taste.
The first course was the Golden Egg. The thin edible shell was broken to reveal a runny egg yolk. The whole thing can be mashed up to make a delicious concoction.
Next was the artichoke and foie soup. Thank goodness the liver taste was not too pronounced. A very complex tasting soup.
The oxtail and prawn ravioli was the best specimen of surf and turf that we have experienced. The prawn was barely cooked, which allowed it to show off its natural sweetness. The flavours were blended by the meaty gravy.
The turbo with lentils and curry cream was quite ordinary.
The suckling pig was served in small bite sized portions. The pork was delicate and did not display any ‘porky’ flavours. By this time we had reached our eating capacity. Although each dish was small, there were so many of them. As someone had said previously: “Everything counts in large amounts.”
There were a couple of desserts to end the meal. The first was the Cloud. This was cotton candy-like fluffy thing with a fruity taste. A playful signal to the end of the savoury dishes.
The real dessert was simply named “Our Chocolate”. This was a platter of pieces of dark chocolates. Although we were already full, somehow adequate space was created to make way for this wonderful chocolate combination.
Finally, our meal at Roca Moo Barcelona came to a sweet end with these translucent petit fours, looked upon longingly by the two large ants on our table.
The Hotel Omm is located right at the northern end of popular shopping street Passeig de Gràcia. Here is a picture of its futuristic looking facade.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Hotel Omm, Rosselló 265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Phone +34 9344 54000